Classic Scots estate for grabs
IN the Scottish borders Maxwelton, Dumfriesshire, includes all the elements associated with an estate and lacks any major need for expenditure.
"The house underwent a full restoration programme in 1970 and I wouldnt want to guess what that might cost now," said Jon Lambert, John Clegg & Co.
Maxwelton, Moniaive, near Dumfries, is for sale as a whole, guide price offers in excess of £3.06m, or in six lots, an attempt to broaden the appeal to include the local market.
The main 10-bedroom house is lotted with seven cottages, a 70-acre amenity woodland, a private chapel, fishing, 671 acres of hill and woodland which incorporate a pheasant shoot which has been let for about £3000/year. It is guided at offers over £1.6m.
Another principal lot includes the main farm which is guided at more than £800,000. The steading offers cattle housing for 100-head in a range of modern and traditional farm buildings, a farmhouse and a pair of cottages and 843 acres of hill and lowland.
"Currently the estate carries a 260-head suckler cow herd and 1400 ewes and even during these difficult times for agriculture the farm is making a decent profit," said Mr Lambert.
Also two further blocks of land are available as separate lots. Nearly 100 acres is guided at about £1022/acre and a £220,000 asking price is quoted for 72 acres, a couple of houses and a steading.
Mr Lambert said: "With a total of 20 properties there is a substantial non-farming income which averages about £65,000/year."